Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Novels of Mark E Smith

Courtesy BK of the (unofficial) Fall Online Forum.

'Octo Realm' = 'Eye in The Sky' by PK Dick

'Weather Report' = 'The Crystal World' by JG Ballard

but what are the others?  'Gut of the Quantifier' is bugging me.  Christopher Priest?

Monday, 18 May 2015

A Very Practical HouseHolder

A number of these fine looking magazines turned up recently. They made me realise how DIY is definitely not my strong point. But I do try.

Saturday, 16 May 2015


NEW ALBUM released today.

DOLLY DOLLY has taken a side step from his usual spoken surrealism (in his debut album ANTIMACASSAR) and has created an album made from the sampling of old and forgotten cassette tapes into a strange and fascinating cut-up collage of sound.

Available right now! HERE Cor!

This album came about via a death.

The elderly have a habit of popping off when you least expect it. One minute you’re having a chat about the weather, the next they’re face down in their soup. Its a sad fact of life that death is not dignified. It’s rarely pleasant. What is nice, however, is when you get left nice stuff after they’re gone. Some people get whole estates, some people get houses, some people get priceless Ming vases. Not me though. I got given a cassette tape. The widow handed it to me and said ‘He knew you liked jazz and would’ve wanted you to have it’. The tape was unmarked. The only clue I had to it’s contents were three words written on the paper inlay. They are now the name of this album. As far as I could make out it was filled with A and B sides of old 45s from the 1960s and early 70s. Some I recognised, some I didn’t. I would listen to it obsessively in the evenings. The soundtrack to my life. I don’t think I listened to anything else for a whole month. It became a ritual. Cassette tapes make a lovely rattle when you shake them. They’re the most physical of storage mediums. Every time I took it out of it’s clear plastic case I would give it a little shake. It became as much a part of the sound of it as the actual music. You could press the FF and REV while the PLAY button was on and it would feel like you were recomposing it with it’s own noise. By sheer coincidence I was given a couple of other tapes while I was making this album, a handful from the chap who runs our local Oxfam shop. I was chatting to him about the project. He couldn’t sell them because they were home recorded and unmarked. I’d not been given a cassette for over twenty years and all of a sudden I had a drawer full. It was serendipity. The vocal samples were collected over ten or so years as I magpie-like snaffled anything that ticked my fancy or just made me laugh. I sampled the tapes, cut-up everything up, looped them and sampled them all over again. They started to sound as if you'd fallen asleep listening to the radio in the middle of the night and had a partially strange repeating dream. Perfect. The whole thing seemed to fit together quite nicely. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Since sampling the original tape for this album it has sadly died. Cassettes a have habit of popping off when you least expect it too. One minute you’re listening to a drum solo, the next it’s wrapped around the spindle, crunched and snapped. Sad really.


Best regards,


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Friday, 24 April 2015

Heads Up: Archive on 4, Saturday 25th, 8pm - 'Black Aquarius'

Black Aquarius

"Matthew Sweet explores the dawning of the age of Black Aquarius - the weirdly great wave of occultism that swept through British popular culture in the 1960s-70s. From journals like the Aquarian Arrow to the diabolical novels of Dennis Wheatley, lurid accounts of satanic cults in the Sunday papers and the glut of illustrated books, part-magazines, documentary film and TV drama, it was a wildly exuberant seam of British pop culture."

"And while dark forces were summoned in the grooviest of Chelsea flats they were being unearthed in the countryside too, a fantasy of pagan ritual and wicker men, of tight-lipped locals and blood sacrifice at harvest time."

"Contributors include Mark Gatiss, Katy Manning, Caroline Munro, Kim Newman, Highgate Vampire hunter David Farrant and Piers Haggard, director of 'The Blood on Satan's Claw'."

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Music for Children

Its not often these days that you can find a wonderful old record like this for £1.99. But my good friend Mr Palmer did, and like his previous purchase/find The Boy from Space he bought it and then gave it to me. I should point out that in return I have procured for him  some very fine and strange ales. If you are inclined to want a copy of this album, you could purchase a cd copy from the ever mighty Trunk records. The remastered CD version has 85 tracks.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Digital Music In The Home, pt 1.1

"Back in the 16-bit era Interactive media artist Toshio Iwai designed a SNES music composition tool that was to be released along with the SNES mouse in a bundle package, just like Mario Paint. There was even a US trademark filled for the game's western release under the name Sound Factory. Sadly, it never got released and has faded away from our 16-bit realities ever since.

"Until now, that is. A prototype cartridge showed up on eBay some time ago and the ROM was duly dumped. KiroBomber made it publicly available today"

from: Nintendo Life

As it says later on in that article, the sound and video together are mesmerising.  It reminds me of some of the earlier experimental audio-visual stuff that Simon Reynolds blogged about a while back.

Would also fit right in as background music in Adventure Time.

See also the Actually Released Electroplankton (2005 for the DS).

A bit too recent?  Not hauntological enough?  Watch the vid - there's the Vision On mascot jumping up and down on a hexagon, right there!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Catalogue Complet des Disques Classiques

Picked this up as part of a TEN FOR A QUID job in a charity shop.  It's a 7" single with a catalogue attached (or vice versa).  Was this common practice?  I've not seen one before.  Some groovy abstract covers within, but most exciting of all, a section devoted to the Prospective 21e Siècle series.  Avant-garde music in silver foil sleeves.  I'm getting a similar buzz off this to what I used to get from the hi-fi section of Kays catalogue when I was a teenager. *sigh*

Note that the fancy-sleeved 21e Siècle records were actually cheaper than a lot of the standard classical LPs.  22,90 F vs 34,90 F.  Qu'est ce que that all about?

Be nice to find the pop equivalent, all Yé-yé etc.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Hauntological Artefacts of the Future

Well?  I reckon this is pretty damned archetypal.  Published in 2006 and designed to be left hanging around offices and workplace kitchens (which was exactly where I found this one).

Read some of the extracts below and I think you'll get what I mean.  Check the jokey references in particular.  Has anyone coined a name for that strangely passive aggressive, informal, pally-but-not-really, style?  It's used all over the place now, and is part of a cloud of things that I've yet to see pegged as A Thing but which definitely IS: Innocent Smoothies, gentrified festivals, cupcakes, adverts featuring nice 20-somethings in an urban setting doing something creative together to a soundtrack of ukeleles, the rise of grammar fascism, the sudden trendiness of baking, knitting, old crafts etc.  Twee springs to mind, but it's a weirdly sensible, even puritanical version of it

Oh yeah, check the list of companies thanked at the end.  One in particular.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Horror In Wool

From a big stash that belonged to my late mother-in-law.  That balloon up there takes me back to family parties at my grandparents' house in the '70s - that scary, old-fashioned style of graphic (the face) was all over the party games that they had.  Same with anything that came from the local joke shop.  Stuff that looked like it came from the 1920s & '30s, and I'm sure it was just because nobody had bothered to update it.